University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
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Object Number:70-9-321
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Cayuga (uncertain)
Seneca (uncertain)
Iroquois
Culture Area: Northeast
Section:American
Materials:Turtle
Pigment
Wood
Leather
Length: 56.5 cm
Width: 22.6 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Samuel Pennypacker, 1970

Description

Rattle of the Mask Society. Large snapping turtle. The center row of plates running down the shell and the last plates on both sides of the back are painted red. Bony structures on the underside are also painted red. Part of the turtle's neck deteriorated so that the wooden support in its neck is exposed. Leather thongs are tied around the turtle's neck and underside. Known as the Door Keeper's Rattle.


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